If your idea of the perfect holiday isn’t leisurely indulgence or cultural sightseeing, then an adrenalin-pumping fitness break might be more like it.
Perhaps you’re wavering on your New Year’s Resolution to get and stay trim, or just hankering after a trip that requires a daily challenge. Booking an activity holiday can give you a goal as well as providing rich reward for all your effort.
Holiday insurance can be bought before travelling and it is important to make sure it covers all the activities you plan to do.
On your bike: Cycling on the Côte d’Azur combines vigorous activity with stunning views of olive groves and the Med. There are easy coastal tracks or more-demanding slogs in the foothills of the Alps. The Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark has many miles of bike-friendly roads through wide-open countryside as well as forest trails.
Swimathon: Swimming holidays are growing in popularity with Greece being a prime location. A typical day might begin with a long swim from one island to another, pause for a freshly cooked lunch, follow up with a gentle swim along the seashore and end with a convivial communal beach barbecue. Good sleep guaranteed.
Surf’s up: Two perhaps unlikely destinations here – Morocco and the Isle of Wight. Morocco’s warm enough to make it a perfect choice even in November, while the Isle of Wight calls itself one of the UK’s best-kept surfing secrets and promises plentiful breakers along its south coast.
Walk on the wild side: California canyons offer hiking through gorgeous redwoods, alongside shimmering lakes and tumbling waterfalls and with glorious mountains looming all around. Tackling the Inca Trail in Peru can be a family adventure, but permits need to be booked in advance and the peak months of July and August are snapped up quickly.
You can do it!